The most important person in the book is Reed Timmer. When he was younger, his mother made his life dedicated to enriching his knowledge in school and music. In middle school he gained an interest in science,and began to compete in science Olympiads, and when he was 14 his love for the weather started to bubble up. He said on discovery channel that he started to want to pursue serve weather when he ran outside during a serve thunderstorm warning for his county in Michigan and got pelted by hail and broke his family video camera.
The most important entry in the book is the May 3, 1999 tornado outbreak. This was the first big storm "intercept" Reed Timmer ever had in his life. The outbreak occurred in Moore, Oklahoma, destroying the Regency Park suburb, and causing a total of $1.5 billion in property damage. Reed and his friends had never been on a storm, let alone seen an EF-5 tornado (the strongest tornado possible on the Fujita Scale). The tornado took a deadly turn and headed straight for Reed and his friends, as the took cover under a freeway overpass, the tornado turned last minute and headed for Moore. After the storm was over, Reed sold his footage to major news companies and became the worlds first "extreme" meteorologist.